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review 2017-12-03 16:41
Bookish advent calender: December 1th - December 3th
Classic Ghost Stories: Spooky Tales to Read at Christmas - Various
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories - Arthur Conan Doyle,Tara Moore,Walter Scott

December 1th: The Open Door by Margaret Oliphant (from Classic Ghost Stories)

 

A story about a father, whose son falls sick after he has encountered something strange in the ruins on their home property, and his subsequent search for the truth behind the encounter.

This short story was an ok one. The parts I enjoyed the most were the nightly trips to the ruins, the juniper bush with a life of its own and the sceptical doctor, who doesn´t believe in superstitious mumbo jumbo. A good and decent story. This will definitely not be my last read by Mrs. Oliphant. 3 Stars.

 

December 2th: They by Rudyard Kipling (from Classic Ghost Stories)

 

This short story has some beautiful writing, even though the prose is too flowery for my taste (do you really need 2,5 pages to tell the reader, that the narrator got lost in the country side? I don´t think so). And I didn´t like the story. 1) There is no suspense at all, because it is clear from the get go what is up with those children and 2) I need someone who explains the ending to me. I didn´t get the ending at all. 1,5 Stars. 

 

December 3th: The Captain of the "Pole-Star" by Arthur Conan Doyle (from The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories and Classic Ghost Stories)

 

I really enjoyed this story and I loved the setting(a whaling ship stuck in the polar region). It´s one of my favorite settings and it works wonderfully in this story. The captain is an intriguing character I would have liked to know more about and Conan Doyle is setting him up in a very mystical way. The fact that the story is told from the point of view of the ships doctor adds to the mystery, since he takes a rational approach to everything that is happening on the ship. A great example of Conan Doyles weird fiction. 4 Stars.    

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text 2017-04-30 23:24
April Re-Cap
Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie Ryan
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) - Sherry D. Ficklin
Unknown - Wendy Higgins
The Edge of Everything - Jeff Giles
The Hooker and the Hermit - Penny Reid,Luci Cosway
Ten Thousand Words - Kelli Jean
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back - Diana Rowland
The Roanoke Girls: A Novel - Amy Engel
All In: (The Naturals #3) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
GHOST (Boston Underworld Book 3) - A. Zavarelli

(Audiobook) Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Finish Date: 04/03

4/5 STARS


(eBook) Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin

Finish Date: 04/04

4.3/5 STARS


(eBook) Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Finish Date:  04/09

5/5 STARS


(eBook) The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

DNF on 04/12


(Audiobook) The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

Finish Date:  04/13

4/5 STARS


(eBook) Ten Thousand Words by Kelli Jean

Finish Date:  04/19

3.8/5 STARS


(Audiobook) How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  04/22

4/5 STARS


(Audiobook) The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Finish Date:  04/24

5/5 STARS


(eBook) All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  04/26

5/5 STARS


(Audiobook) Ghost by A. Zavarelli

Finish Date:  04/29

3.3/5 STARS

 

 

10 Books Total for the month of April (3,331 Pages)

(5 eBooks and 5 Audiobooks)

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text 2017-04-09 18:28
.What I'm Reading | March 2017.

This post can originally found at MissKatiEllen.

 

Welcome to my March post, I’ve been feeling rather determined to finish about three books a month and so far I’ve been managing this. If hope to get a bit more in but I struggled with one of my books.

 

 

I’ve really been enjoying Laini Taylors series, the second book starts off almost where we left it. Karou with all her memories back and living in hell. This book is set in the other world and the narrative jumps between her and Avika, as well as random seraph and chimaera. I felt this was a nice touch as it makes the story more grounded, more real. Seeing the war through those not directly evolved.

 

As well as Days of Blood and Starlight I also read the short story, Night of Cake and Puppets. Zuanna and Mik both appear in the second book, providing so much needed stress relief, but this short story is just for them. How they met, it’s a cute little story that takes place during the first book, after Zuanna has discovered the truth and before Karou disappears completely.

 

I don’t know why but I had quite high hopes for The Picture of Dorian Gray. I think because there have been various adaptions of the story and character I expected a bit more to the story. I did enjoy it on the whole, but there were the odd moments where I felt like I was skim reading. It was very descriptive heavy, which I found unfortunate.

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review 2017-04-02 19:30
.Winds of Salem Book Review.
Winds of Salem - Melissa de la Cruz

This review can be found at MissKatiEllen.


"Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town.
Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home. When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt."

 

It's safe to say I had a lot riding on this book and little pay off. I don't think it's possible for one book to salvage a whole series, and if it was this book didn't do it. 


This book got its half star for the Salem section of this story, giving us an insight to what the three witches went through the first time round. Like the Crucible, it goes to show what people will do for power and the enormous consequences of rumours and whispers. When no one can be trusted Freya has to be careful, if she is caught by the wrong person...game over.

 

Back in the present her family scramble to find a way to bring the young witch back before it's too late. Once again this family never talk to each other, never tell each other what they plan to do in there efforts to save one of their own. They're all working towards the same goal, but they never work together. Something that this family fail at in each book.


Ultimately I'd watch the Lifetime series that was cancelled far too soon. I had high expectations for this series after I read the Blue Blood novels, I enjoyed the Norse mythology behind the witches and the Salem element; but it was wasted.

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text 2017-03-31 16:25
March 2017 Reading Wrap Up
Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Military - Jeffrey McGowan
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade - Ann Fessler
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves
Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan (General Military) - Scott McGaugh

 Overall a not great reading month, with some serious low-level ratings. A lot of disappointment in the content of some of these books. But I am either on track or ahead on some challenges, so at least I am not falling behind while traveling around.

 

Best part of my reading this month is finally visiting the British Library and its long standing exhibit (the BL is between special exhibits at the moment)! Unfortunately, visitors can't take pictures of the documents/books in the exhibit so I don't have any to show you. I am going back for the upcoming exhibit on the Russian Revolution, which turns 100 this year. The British Library will also do an exhibit on Harry Potter this year.

 

Highlights, Lowlights, and Challenges

Best Books: Major Conflict by Jeffrey McGowan; Moneyball by Michael Lewis; The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler; Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

 

Worst Books: The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp; Elegy for a Disease by Ann Finger; Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

 

Library Love Challenge: 8; 19/36 for the year

Pop Sugar Challenge: 8; 18/52 for the year

BL/GR Reading Goal: 42/150

 

1. Polio: An American Story by David Oshinksy (Pop Sugar prompt - On the TBR a long time) - Currently reading, not counted in my stats yet

 

2. The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp (Library Love Challenge) - .5 star

 

3. Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh (Pop Sugar prompt - set in wartime) (Library Love Challenge) - 3 stars

 

4. Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't - Ask - Don't - Tell Military by Jeffrey McGowan (Library Love Challenge) - 3.5 stars

 

5. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler (Pop Sugar prompt - Difficult Topic) (Library Love Challenge) - 3.5 stars

 

6. Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery)  by Sofie Kelly (Pop Sugar prompt - Cat on the cover) (Library Love Challenge) - 1 star

 

7. Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio by Anne Finger - DNF

 

8. Travel is a Political Act by Rick Steves (Pop Sugar prompt - Involves Travel) (Library Love Challenge) - 4 stars

 

9. Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (Pop Sugar prompt - Set in a Hotel) - 0 stars

 

10. Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb  (Pop Sugar prompt - Published in 2017) - 1.5 stars

 

11. Moneyball by Michael Lewis (Library Love Challenge) - 4 stars

 

12. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (Pop Sugar prompt - bought on a trip) - 3 stars

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